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HayleyS October 27th, 2014 4:18am

Do you actively feel privileged/lucky/blessed that you know how to speak English?

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/26/14 9:21 pm

Meh. Lots of people speak English. Doesn't seem to make them any smarter or kinder.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/26/14 10:01 pm

Yes. It's an infinitely astonishing language in its breadth, variety, its incredible borrowing, and its immense, incomprehensible capacity for beauty.

But one WOULD expect such a comment from a retired lecturer in English Literature, I'll admit.

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JennaF sunflower state of mind
10/26/14 9:32 pm

It's definitely an important language universally. I feel fortunate to have it as my first language.

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GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 3:55 am

Oh, poor you. It must be so hard dealing with brown people and their kids all the time.

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s4mm1 MD SLP
10/27/14 10:07 am

Yes. Only because as I learn about linguistics Ive realized how ridiculous English is. How you ever wondered why even native speakers have grammer problems

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 3:38 am

Not really. It seems like that southern country border has moved north and I need to learn Spanish because they're sure as hell not learning English.

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koalapanda The Universe
10/27/14 7:08 am

I feel blessed for everything I have. living in America, being healthy, having family and friends. etc

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rsturgul Sorry is just a word
10/27/14 5:05 am

Of course, it's how we will be able to communicate with aliens.....according to all the Sci-Fi movies and TV shows I've seen

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
10/26/14 9:26 pm

Not really. I tend to take it for granted.

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fracy A deeper shade of blue.
10/26/14 9:27 pm

Yep, and I feel lucky that I get to learn a whole lot of other languages too. :)

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GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 3:46 am

Wrong. I live in a border state, and all of the Mexicans speak English. You're complaining for the sake of complaining.

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GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 3:55 am

By the way, you didn't give an example of why you need to learn Spanish. You gave an example of Mexican kids learning English, which is the opposite of what you said is happening.

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RedHale Texas
10/27/14 5:58 am

I just never really thought about it.

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:10 am

There are occasionally things we want to buy from them, but because they don't speak English, we can't find out more about the item. Or, when we have a booth once a year, we can't tell them about the things we have. The other thing is they've...

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Handstand .
10/27/14 9:10 am

Should I?

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jvc1133 61535
10/27/14 4:57 am

I'm USA of course I'm proud, I'm not a border jumper.

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ScrewU Gone
10/27/14 1:37 pm

That was my thought. English is a horrible language.

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aeg13 South Texas
10/26/14 10:42 pm

Proudly and embarrassingly. Proud because my grandparents move made me an American. Embarrassed because everywhere I have traveled in the world I am able to communicate using my primary language because there are people there whom speak English.

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jvc1133 61535
10/27/14 4:19 pm

Well hello

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PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/26/14 10:55 pm

Actively? No. I kind of take it for granted, since it is my first language. I actively feel privileged to be bilingual though, and if English were my second language I'd feel more privileged to speak the language.

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mrdudemanpants
10/27/14 5:42 am

Instead, I find it unfortunate that I do not yet know German, Japanese, Italian, Gaelic, or any Scandinavian language.

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 3:51 am

No, I'm complaining based on my experience. There's been too many times when a 10 year old kid had to be an interpreter for their parents.

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GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 12:10 pm

I don't live in Arizona.

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:01 am

Okay, fine. Adult Mexicans need to learn English. I go to an outdoor flea market on Sundays. A few years back, it was all English-speaking people selling mostly second-hand or homemade items at good prices. All of the buyers spoke English. Now...

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:05 am

...it's Mexicans selling crappy stuff I usually only see at carnivals, "new" things they want too much money for, or bootleg DVDs. Those sellers and over half the buyers don't speak English.

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GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 4:08 am

So don't buy their crappy stuff. Am I missing something? Because right now it just seems like you're whining.

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:12 am

...pushed many of the regular vendors out just because they don't want to deal with non-English speaking customers. And many of the regular customers don't go anymore because they don't want to deal with trying to buy from people who don't speak...

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:14 am

...English and sell crap. Many also find them just plain rude. They bump into you. They won't move to let other people look at things. They'll even carry on lengthy conversations right in front of a booth.

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GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 4:16 am

That sounds like all of the Amish I know. Come to think of it, they don't speak English either. We should send them back to Germany!

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ButchBrewBaker Pennsyltuckey
10/27/14 6:50 pm

It says Arizona under your name.

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:20 am

I'm not saying we should send anyone back. If I had to deal with non-English speaking Amish, I'd feel the same about them. I'm just saying English should be our national language and people should learn it if they plan to live here.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/26/14 11:41 pm

Now if I could only spell it.

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fredd TrumpLand
10/27/14 4:03 pm

It's definitely easier to learn it natively than as a second language. English has a lot of odd quirks.

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jmw7477 Indiana
10/27/14 4:46 am

Why would someone want to live somewhere and not learn the language of the country you live in? I wouldn't expect to live in Mexico and not learn Spanish or live in France and not learn French.

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fredd TrumpLand
10/27/14 4:03 pm

Where does it say only?

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Zingerz Wisconsin
10/26/14 10:17 pm

I appreciate that it is a great fit for America as both are melting pots in their own way.

Torfin Never Behind
10/26/14 9:24 pm

It is simply the language I was born to. I am glad that I have at least a significant understanding of it though.

spitfirejmw Alabama
10/27/14 5:30 am

More thankful that a lot of other people around the world have learned English as a second language so it's easier to communicate

rons WOKE is sick
10/27/14 5:33 am

I link it to the fact I have great food, 4 TV's, two cars, a house, and a gym membership.

BarryB Was it something I said
10/28/14 11:12 am

It doesn't explicitly. However, looking at other comments here, that seems to be the way it's being interpreted.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/27/14 2:47 am

The world seems to keep moving in other countries... English, Gurspadinkenkurgel, Spanish, it wouldn't matter. You can always learn.

fredd TrumpLand
10/27/14 4:23 pm

I'd ask if you come here often, but you don't really get around. Continental drift is a bit slow to count...

GubraLagima Tramp 2016
10/27/14 3:34 am

No. Native English speakers (Americans in particular) get treated like shit in other countries.

lagg
10/26/14 9:39 pm

A rose by any other name smells as sweet.

hrankta
10/27/14 5:55 am

It is the language of business.

jvc1133 61535
10/27/14 4:27 pm

It'll be a while and have to leapfrog a few hazards